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Her self-proclaimed “mess” of curly red hair, and an Oklahoma-sunshine-bright smile capture attention the moment she steps on the stage. A declaration that “we’re gonna get to know each other real quick” followed by an ornery grin hints that there are stories to be told. And tell them she does, with a sound that is both fresh and original, and rich in the traditions of country music.
She tells stories about love and fun, and the joy of finding contentment exactly where you are. But, as in life, there are other stories to be told as well. She sings these songs with 50 years of heartbreak in her voice, though she is not even half that age. Her delivery is refreshingly uncontrived which is a welcome relief for those who crave the honesty and sincerity that seems to be missing from some of today’s country music. And her sometimes colorful banter keeps audiences smiling.
“Her demeanor and voice match the gentle rolling hills of Oklahoma she was raised in, though it can crack and scold just the same as the violent storms that roll across those same plains.”
Red Dirt Nation
Her debut album, Same Hell, Different Devil is the result of taking these stories down the Red-Dirt rabbit hole known as the Boohatch Studios, with legendary Red Dirt Oklahoma artist and producer, Mike McClure, and a strong showing of Oklahoma musicians who helped the 10 original songs written by Butts, along with a cover of “Gods Gonna Cut You Down” take final form.
“Same Hell, Different Devil serves as a showcase to this young ladies incredible songwriting skill and powerful vocal prowess. Exhibiting a maturity in her lyrics well beyond …her age, so many of the songs on this album will certainly leave listeners wondering which of the ghosts of songwriters past this girl has tapped into.”
Red Dirt, Blue Collar
Summer 2016 Kaitlin was awarded Best in Country for the Oklahoma Gazette AwardsTexas radio has taken notice of the music from this release, and in 2016 Kaitlin was awarded 2016 New Female Vocalist of the Year for the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards.
“The Oklahoma native has a music library of songs that are simple, exciting, and storyful. She’s honest, and she’s really good.”
Buddy Logan-Radio Texas Live/KNUE
The success of Same Hell, Different Devil has given Kaitlin the opportunity to play some of her favorite stages, both supporting her favorite artists and headlining, as well as joining several festival lineups. Gruene Hall with Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Fort Worth’s Live Oak with Courtney Patton and Jason Eady, Dosey Doe with Parker McCollum, OKC Myriad Gardens with John Fullbright, Cheatham Street Warehouse, Blue Light Live. She has also supported Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Bart Crow, and Zane Williams. She has enjoyed playing Texas Red Dirt Radio Show (TXRDR) several times hosted by Justin Frazell.
A musical friendship with Lubbock artist Dalton Domino led to an opportunity to perform on Lubbock band, Flatland Cavalry’s debut album, Humble Folks, featured on their song “A Life Where We Work Out” which debuted at #2 on iTunes.
Fall 2016 has some great things in store, such as 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Bash, Josh Abbott Fest, Turnpike Troubadour/Jason Boland produced Medicine Stone Festival, Larry Joe Taylor’s Rhymes and Vines. In December of 2016, she’ll be heading to Ireland for the Red Dirt Pub Crawl, featuring Shane Smith and the Saints, Flatland Cavalry’s Cleto Cordero, Rich O’Toole and many more. 2016 is going to come to an end with a bang as she, along with Flatland Cavalry, ring in the New Year on the historic Cain’s Ballroom stage with the Turnpike Troubadours. Catch her out on the roads of Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond along with her beloved road dog (and star of her “Gal Like Me” live video) Hank, happily riding shotgun.